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Community Action coordinates food donation sites

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Garrett County Joint Information Center is directing all questions and local offers of donations related to COVID-19 to Garrett County Community Action.

The non-profit has been appointed to manage all local contributions related to COVID-19 such as homemade face coverings, food assistance, volunteer sign-ups and cash donations.

Community Action has announced six separate food drives throughout the month of June.

Nonperishable food will be collected, with the first date today, June 8, at the following locations:

• Pine Grove Church of the Brethren:

June 8 3-7 p.m.

June 11 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 15 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

June 18 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department:

June 19 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

• Friendsville Volunteer Fire Department:

June 20 10 a.m. to noon

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House of Hope Food Drive set for 41st year

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — For the 41st year, the House of Hope food drive will take place in Oakland.

This year’s event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, along Second Street in front of the Cornish Café.

Non-perishable food items and cash donations will be accepted. The House of Hope is primarily geared toward short-term emergency situations where a quick response and flexibility are critical.

It is a non-denominational, non-profit “network of concerns” particular to Garrett County. The House of Hope can assist with food, clothes, accommodations, bills or other specific needs.

Over the last 40 years, roughly $60,000 in donations and more than 80 pickup truck loads of food have been donated.

Chuck Nolan started the food drive in 1978, and he continues to be the driving force behind it.

He noted that the idea came from the birth of his first daughter, Bridget.

“We had gone through the training, my wife and I, so I could be in the delivery room,” he said. “So this beautiful baby girl was born, and the nurse let me give her her first bath. I remember to this day looking down and holding this precious little girl, and I thought to myself, ‘What a gift God’s given me. What can I do to give back to my community for this gift … to give back to God?’ And that’s how the House of Hope food drive started.”

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Rotary Satellite Club raises $2,000 for ‘It’s in the Bag

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Oakland Rotary Satellite Club, operating in partnership with the Oakland Rotary, raised $2,000 for the “It’s In The Bag” weekend and holiday backpack food program at a fundraiser in October.

The event was hosted at Smoke & Mirrors and included food and beverages and a silent auction.

“A special thanks to Dave Bruffy for donating use of the gallery, Scott Alexander for providing live music, and others across the community for their generous donations to the silent auction,” said Amy Bortz.

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It's in the Bag!

Its in the Bag

This Thursday, August 28, Celebrity Bartenders from The Episcopal Church in Garrett County will serve up your favorite libation and food at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club from 5 to 8PM. This event will benefit It’s In The Bag, a program to provide weekend meals during the school year for at-risk elementary school children. It’s in the Bag is beginning its 6th school year and will provide a backpack with 7 easy to prepare meals each weekend for close to 250 children in Garrett County. It costs $280 to feed a child for the entire school year and It’s in the Bag relies solely on donations and fund raisers like this. So come out and have some fun with us at the Sand Trap at the Oakland Golf Club. Tips and a percentage of sales will go to It’s in the Bag to help get us through our sixth school year. Sea you there!!!

A Different Kind of Rainbow

A different kind of rainbow was on display following one of the fundraising events that was part of the annual William G. Weissgerber Benefit Golf Tournament, held Friday and Saturday in McHenry and in Oakland. This photo was taken at the conclusion of the 5-K Color Run, during which participants were coated with colored dye. With the rainbow known as a symbol of hope, the 5-K run specifically raised funds for Samantha for the Arts, a program founded in memory of Samantha Gibson that provides additional arts funding in the local school system. The WGW tournament, and various other companion fundraising activities, supports not only Samantha for the Arts, but also Landon’s Library and the Andrew Woods Memorial Scholarship program. According to tournament organizers, the overall effort once again yielded proceeds of approximately $100,000, but the final tally had not yet been tabulated by presstime today. The winning golf tournament team and other tournament results can be found in today’s sports pages.

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Bicycling for charity

Race Across America covers 3,000

Vickie GriffithsCumberland Times-News

GARRETT COUNTY — Race Across America contestant Chris “Hoppo” Hopkinson, of North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, tackles a hill on Rt. 40 in Garrett County on Friday.

The race, which covers 3,000 miles from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland, raises funds for a variety of charities.

Team Hoppo is sponsoring Fraja Ellie, a 5-year-old girl from North Yorkshire who is fighting neuroblastoma.

For more about the race, visit www.raceacrossamerica.org.

More here.

Run For It Race Offering Grant Awards

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 ; 05:58 PM
Updated Wednesday, September 21, 2011; 06:12 PM

It will be held Sept. 24
By Jeff Schrock

DAVIS — It’s still not too late to sign up for the annual Run For It Race in Tucker County.

The 2K and 5K are set for Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Davis Fire Hall.

Organizers will award more than $34,000 in race day grant awards to non profits, community projects, and charities in North Central West Virginia and Garrett County, Md. The race is held during the annual Leaf Peepers Festival.

Call (304) 478-2930 for more information.

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(McHenry, MD) Motorcycle enthusiasts will have their chance to
purchase tickets to win a ‘Jack Daniels Custom Motorcycle,’ built be Savage
Cycles in Frostburg this weekend, July 2, 3 and 4th, @ Smiley’s FunZone in
McHenry. A tent will be set up w/the custom bike on display, valued at
$75,000, on display so that you may purchase your tickets, at only $10 each.

This custom Jack Daniels bike is truly a one-of-a-kind. It was custom
built w/details like no other bike. You must see this bike in person to
appreciate! Stop by the tent @ Smiley’s FunZone this weekend to see for

The ‘Strut Your Stuff Charities’ benefit local charities: Mountain State
Young Marines; Friends Aware and handicapped Boy Scout Troop 89. A
minimum of 6500 tickets must be sold in order to release the bike or a 50/50
drawing will be held with the sold tickets. The drawing will be held on Sept.
25th at the Strut Your Stuff Shine and Show, held at the Garrett County
Fairgrounds. Winner need not be present.

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First United sponsors charity golf tournament

First United Bank & Trust recently sponsored the 22nd annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Oakland Golf Club. This was the 12th year that First United has organized this event. The beneficiary of this year’s tourney is United Way of Garrett County. Pictured from left above are: Steve Lantz, chairman of the tournament committee for First United; Mary Beth Pirolozzi, United Way executive director; and Robin Murray and George Evans, both of First United.

The check represented most of the proceeds; however, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle pushed the total to over $23,400. “We are extremely appreciative of the hard work and support that First United provided as a result of this year’s tournament,” said Ernie Gregg, chairman of the executive committee of United Way of Garrett County. “The donation will be of great use to the United Way charities in our community.” Since its founding, the tournament has raised over $353,000 for Garrett County charities. See sports pages for photos of the winners of this year’s tournament.

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12th annual Deep Creek Dunk coming soon!

I found this awesome aerial video from Paul Thompson’s blog of last year’s Deep Creek Dunk:

Deep Creek Lake Dunk in Western MD on 2/28/2009 from Paul Thompson on Vimeo.

Here is a link to some more info on Facebook regarding the event.

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